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Question

Madisonville, KY

#1 May 23, 2013
When at a home closing will all the basic utilities be setup then by the real estate lawyer or does the buyer have to contact the water, electric, gas before closing? Never done a closing before and want it to be smooth sailing.
lol15

Owensboro, KY

#2 May 23, 2013
Question wrote:
When at a home closing will all the basic utilities be setup then by the real estate lawyer or does the buyer have to contact the water, electric, gas before closing? Never done a closing before and want it to be smooth sailing.
U have to do it your self Well I did at my closing
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Madisonville, KY

#3 May 23, 2013
You have to do it before the closing.
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Calhoun, KY

#4 May 23, 2013
Question wrote:
When at a home closing will all the basic utilities be setup then by the real estate lawyer or does the buyer have to contact the water, electric, gas before closing? Never done a closing before and want it to be smooth sailing.
Do you have a Real Estate Agent helping you? They should have already told you what needs to be done. When do you close?
Question

Madisonville, KY

#6 May 23, 2013
I am just preplanning. I have tried googling these questions but get no real information. Just basic textbook like answers.
question

Owensboro, KY

#7 May 23, 2013
Why would you change the utilities before you close? The home isn't technically yours until it closes. Your closing date can also change many times (I think mine did three times before it finally closed). Also, in my case, the sellers got at least two weeks to move out of my house before after the closing date. So, you'd also be paying for their utilities if you switched them over before they moved. My utilities were switched over once the sellers left, after my house closed.
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Calhoun, KY

#8 May 23, 2013
Question wrote:
I am just preplanning. I have tried googling these questions but get no real information. Just basic textbook like answers.
Gotcha..When you do decide to buy a home, make sure you have a Real Estate Agent, some people think they aren't necessary but they really are. I wouldn't have bought a home without one.

To answer your question about the utilities...hopefully the seller won't turn the utilities off and will allow you to have them turned over in your name the day of closing, that way you won't be charged a reconnect fee. Good luck when you do decide to buy a home.
concerned

Owensboro, KY

#9 May 23, 2013
You do it yourself. At least a week before you take possession. Utility companies usually take a few days to get out to do the switch
abbie

Greenville, KY

#10 May 23, 2013
Im not sure how exactly you can do it before closing. We had to bring a copy of forms that were signed at the closing or a lease if renting showing that we were the home owners. They required this for both water and electric. Service was never interrupted for us because the owners had not shut it off. We actually left the closing meeting and went then to have it all transferred before the previous owners could cut off service.
abbie

Greenville, KY

#11 May 23, 2013
concerned wrote:
You do it yourself. At least a week before you take possession. Utility companies usually take a few days to get out to do the switch
If the service is on they dont go out and switch anything all they do is change the property owner info in their files there at the office.
Question

Madisonville, KY

#12 May 24, 2013
What if it is new construction? When does all this take place?
Bill

Kuttawa, KY

#13 May 24, 2013
It's very simple. When you know you are going to close on your new home, and when you are going to get possession of the home. Call the utility Companies that handle the utilities for the location you are buying. Tell them the date you want them switched into your name and there will not be any down time for the utilities. You and the Seller can coordinate this date together. Try to call the utilites a few days in advance just in case you have to go to the Co and pay a deposit, or sign their paperwork.

It's not that difficult, it just requires a little planning.

Good luck
concerned

United States

#14 May 24, 2013
New homes you take immediate possession at close. The builder usually gives you 3 days after closing to get everything in your name

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